We Got Him with Elizabeth Searle

We hope you can join us for a special afternoon reading and signing with local author Elizabeth Searle on Saturday, March 25 at 3:00 pm. Ms. Searle will be speaking about and reading from her newest work of fiction, We Got Him

We Got Him

We Got Him is the story of one family’s inherited flaws, harbored guilts, and obsessive desires, whether for a child, a parent, or a second chance to do the elusive right thing. Powerfully worked against the unfolding events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Elizabeth Searle’s taut drama of a young, pregnant stepmother and her troubled stepson is a narrative tour de force, interweaving public and private acts of terror with the redemptive, but ever fragile, forces of love.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction and the librettist of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, which has drawn major media coverage and which was produced in Chicago in 2016 and at the New York Musical Theater Festival in NYC. Her previous books are: Girl Held in Home (New Rivers Press, 2011), Celebrities in Disgrace, a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize; A Four–Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an American Library Association Book Award; and My Body to You, a story collection that won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. A Four–Sided Bed is now in development as a feature film. Her Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera had a sold–out extended run at the New York Musical Festival in NYC in 2015. Elizabeth lives with her husband and son in Arlington, MA.

RESCHEDULED: Tea & Chocolate Tasting

*Our event has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 27 at 3:00-4:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. We have many available spaces left for our tasting, so please sign up below!*

Danielle Beaudette of The Cozy Tea Cart and certified Tea Specialist will offer a lecture and tea tasting at the library on Thursday, March 23 at 3:00pm.  Have you ever wondered which teas pair well with chocolate? Did you know that the production of the cocoa bean and the tea plant are very similar? We would love to have you for our interactive tasting.

Danielle Beaudette is one of the first fifteen in the world to be certified in all levels as a Tea Specialist through the Specialty Tea Institute and has completed over 70 tea seminars at the World Tea Expo.  She has researched and learned first-hand about the production of tea through her Asian tea travels and relationships with Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Japanese, Nepalese, and Taiwanese tea growers. Danielle sources only the finest, high quality, freshly imported teas earning The Cozy Tea Cart the title of “Best of NH” from New Hampshire Magazine. Just as important as the quality of her tea, she promotes excellence in service and pride in educating her customers.

    If your plans change, please contact us so we can make room for others. Please give us a call at (508) 457-2555 ext. 6 if you have any questions.
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Tea Tasting on February 19

Tea can be sweet, rich, buttery, and citrusy. It can wake you up and calm you down. Tea has a history that spans the globe and health benefits that will keep you going. It has been cultivated for over 3,000 years and is the second most popular drink in the world. Come spend some time getting to know tea’s delightful flavors and aromas, as well as its fascinating history, how it’s made, where it’s from, and what it can do for you. You’ll learn how to steep tea for best flavor and sample several varieties, such as a delicate white, smooth oolong, refreshing green, & malty black.

We have invited Hillel Bromberg,  a certified tea sommelier and owner of Tea Oasis in Boston, to lead a special loose-leaf tea tasting on Sunday, February 19.

Our tasting is now full. Please give us a call to sign up for our waiting list. We are looking forward to having you!


Details:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2:30-4:00pm

 

Meet & Mingle (Woof!)

Falmouth’s local Companion Animal Program chapter invites grades 5-12 to come join the fun and meet our most eligible canine bachelors and bachelorettes just in time for Valentine’s Day. Woof! No need to make conversation. You can just sit back and get comfortable with your new friend, while enjoying snacks and refreshments in the Bay Room. Participants will receive holiday-themed goodie bags.

Companion Animal Program (CAP) is an all-volunteer organization of pet owners, who visit, with their pets, at nursing & care facilities, programs serving children and adults with disabilities, the college, a hospital, libraries and schools on Cape Cod from the Canal to Provincetown. CAP is non-profit, self-sustaining, with no paid employees.

Please register by contacting the library by calling 508-457-2555, emailing info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org, or by using the contact form on our website: falmouthpubliclibrary.org/contact. The program may be canceled if no participants register.

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2017 Falmouth Reads Together

We are excited to announce our selections for the 2017 Falmouth Reads Together program!

The Falmouth Reads Together committee has selected Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, MD, and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast as the townwide reading selections for 2017. Both best-selling books are honest, humane explorations of how we approach the end of life for ourselves and our loved ones. Younger readers are invited to read Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord, I’ll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar, and The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner.

Copies of Being Mortal and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? are available for circulation at every public library branch in Falmouth, courtesy of the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library, as well as at Eight Cousins Bookstore on Main Street.

Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and is a professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. He also has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers. Roz Chast’s cartoons have been published in many magazines besides the New Yorker, including Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. She is the author of several best-selling books.

The committee is so pleased to partner with several Falmouth/Cape Cod organizations to promote this important conversation including Neighborhood Falmouth, HopeHealth, the Death Café, and Cape Cod Healthcare’s Quality of Life Management Task Force.

Scheduled events include:

  • February 13, 5 p.m.: In a live video simulcast co-hosted by Neighborhood Falmouth, Being Mortal author Atul Gawande will speak about the value of communities and the opportunities they offer as we grow older. This will be the only opportunity to hear directly from Gawande this year. The presentation will be followed by a Neighborhood Falmouth open house. Hermann Room, Falmouth Public Library. This event is free, but registration is required; please contact Susan Loucks at Neighborhood Falmouth at 508-564-7543.
  • February 25, 2 p.m. Hope Hospice will co-host a screening of the one-hour documentary “Being Mortal,” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A featuring members of Cape Cod Healthcare’s Quality of LifeManagement Task Force: Ellen McCabe, RN, of Hope Hospice; Tina Soares, RN, from the Visiting Nurse Association; and Dr. Peter Hopewood. Hermann Room, Falmouth Public Library.
  • March 13, 6:30 p.m.: A Death Café will offer the opportunity to meet Falmouth neighbors, eat cake, drink tea, and discuss all aspects of death in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Small group conversations will be group directed and lightly guided by trained Death Cafe facilitators. Its objective is to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” Congregational Church in Falmouth Center.

The schedule of events will be updated as more programs are planned.

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Booked for the Season

Winter is here and it’s up to your beloved librarians to find you the book that will keep you up late at night, tucked in with piles of blankets and a warm comforting light by your bed. We are up to the task as we have many bookletters, booklists, databases, and two book clubs to help you read, read, read all winter long.

Book Discussion Groups for Adults

We have two book groups for adults: Books on the Half Shell (fiction) and the Narrative Nonfiction Book Group. Visit our Book Groups page to see what we’re currently reading, sign up for the email list, and come pick up your copy in the Reference Room.

Book Letters

Crushed for time? Browsing for books can be difficult if you have a demanding work week or if you find it difficult to search for books in our stacks. Book Letters are weekly booklists that you can receive by email. We have many to choose from, not limited to new audiobooks, new adult fiction, and much more. You can view them at your leisure and if you find something that speaks to you, you can visit our catalog and place a hold on it right away.

If you don’t see any booklists that interest you, contact us and let us know! We would be happy to create a custom list that is based on your specific reading interests.

Booklists

Adults: We have curated nine varied booklists on our newly updated Staff Recommendations page and our Awards & Top Lists page is a terrific place to search for award-winners and bestsellers.

Teens: We notice what catches your eye in the YA Room. Take a look at our What Should I Read Next page.

Reader’s Toolkit: Our toolkit features the best websites and booklists out there for readers, including Stop, You’re Killing Me for mystery novel fans and Lit Lovers for readers who are interested in book discussions.

Databases

We have two great databases made especially for avid readers.

eSequels: Our eSequels database helps you find the next book in the series, as well as helping you discover new books by your interest in a particular location or subject.

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Novelist Plus:  Novelist is the best thing since sliced bread as far as we’re concerned. This is the place to visit if you are stumped about what to read next.

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Get in Touch

On a final note, please get in touch if you would like a reading suggestion, a booklist made just for you, or if you need any help at all finding a good book to read. We would love to help!

 

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Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 13

Take a break from the holiday season at the library “paw-ty” together with Falmouth’s Companion Animal Program on Tuesday, December 13 beginning at 4:00pm.

We will have happy, soft, and sweet guests who will be visiting the library to help relieve stress. No, not teddy bears —but trained therapy dogs. Trained and experienced therapy dogs to be exact. These furry canines will be available to pet, hug, and cuddle while you take a break from the busy and stressful holiday season. Stop by the library midway through your Main Street shopping spree or grab a bite-sized snack to eat before you head home for dinner. You’ll be glad that you did!

All ages are invited to join us in the Hermann Room for dog and human-friendly treats and refreshments while supplies last.

More information:

Tuesday, December 13, 4:00-5:00pm, Hermann Room

CAP is an all-volunteer organization of pet owners, who visit, with their pets, at nursing & care facilities, programs serving children and adults with disabilities, the college, a hospital, libraries and schools on Cape Cod from the Canal to Provincetown. CAP is non-profit and self-sustaining with no paid employees.

Register: Tech Classes

If you are nervous about using your new phone or tablet, we have great news for you. We recently announced a new schedule of classes at the library with award-winning teacher, Lori Cooney.

We invite you to take an Explore class to become familiar with your new device, learn about its native applications, and become comfortable with changing basic settings. You can expect to learn things like how to turn on, put to sleep, silence and shut off your device safely, how to make calls and compose text messages, as well as how to set up and check your email.

Once you take an Explore class, you can move on to the Master class where you’ll learn more about your phone and tablet and be able to use all of its features successfully.


Requirements: Please bring your fully-charged device with you to class. If you are taking an iPhone or iPad class, you will need to have the latest iOS update installed. How to update your iOS [instructions]

We hope you can join us for one class or more at the library. All classes are free and open to the public.

 

ClassLevelDate TimeRoomOpen
Master Your iPadIntermediateMarch 112-4pmBayThanks for coming!
Explore Your Android Phone or TabletBeginnerMarch 182-3:30pmBayThanks for coming!
Explore Your Kindle FireBeginnerApril 12-3:30pmBaySpaces available.
Download eBooks to Your KindleBeginnerApril 12-3:30pmReference RoomNo registration required. This is a drop-in tutorial. First come, first serve.

 

 

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Friday Reads: Ada Blackjack

What a rollicking time we had today in the Narrative Nonfiction Book Club.  The laughter probably rolled all the way down the library hall.  No, we weren’t discussing a Bill Bryson or a Sarah Vowell book, we were waist-deep in Ada Blackjack:  a true story of survival in the arctic by Jennifer Niven, published in 2003.

I don’t mean to mislead you.  This wonderfully written account of a tragic expedition to Wrangel Island, north of Siberia in the early 1920s, did not contain a shred of humor.  It was about the ability of a woman with little preparation and skill to overcome her fears and deficiencies and survive alone in the arctic and how that experience affected the rest of her life.

So, why were we laughing?  I suppose it was because we were all sharing our personal reactions to what we read.  We contemplated how we identified with Ada, the Eskimo woman … (She was referred to as Eskimo in the book, rather than Inuit, because that was the term used then, as the author explained.) … and how we would have dealt with a diet of raw seal blubber and the threat of polar bears.  The issues of gender, maturity, romanticism and charlatanism came up as well, and they all got us questioning our own knowledge, values and abilities to cope under extreme pressure.  In revealing ourselves and our shortcomings, we couldn’t help but laugh heartily and rib each other a bit.

Yes, we were laughing.  No, dying in the arctic is not a laughing matter.  I feel, however, that a discussion of any book that delves deep into the story and deep into the reader is a good discussion and laughing is a good thing.  We kept the door open today so the laughter could roll down the hallway. We’ll keep it open on September 1 too, when we discuss Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich.  If you’d like to join us, pick up a copy of the book at the reference desk.  This one is supposed to be amusing.

Cape Cod Sax Quartet

The Cape Cod Sax will perform an entertaining show for all ages at the library on Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30-7:30pm. The Cape Cod Sax Quartet consists of some of Cape Cod’s well-known saxophonists, who play in a variety of groups throughout Cape Cod, including Stage Door Canteen, Steve Morgan and the Kingfish, Funktapuss, The Cape Cod Jazz Quintet, and the Chandler Travis Philharmonic.

Please join us for an evening of jazz, classical, ragtime, rock, and popular music from a talented ensemble, including members Maurice Soque, Berke McKelvey, Ryder Corey, and Nicholas Suchecki. Throughout the show, audience members will learn about the saxophone, including its roles in different musical settings, the various parts of the instrument, and the more unusual types of saxophones, including the 6 feet and 4 inches tall, 45 pound contrabass sax.

This event is offered to the public free of charge and is open to all ages. It is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. For more information and to register, please contact the Falmouth Public Library by phone: 508-457-2555, email: info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit us in person at the Reference Desk.